Just because people say, "You can't do that!", "You can't say that!" or "No one has ever done this before" it doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.
Dorota Banaszczyk went to her first karate class when she was seven. She immediately loved it.
Dorota was still in primary school in Łódź, Poland.
When some of the boys from her school heard that she signed up to karate classes, they laughed. Because she was a girl.
These boys went to the same karate class. So during karate class Dorota showed them she meant business and wasn't there to fool around.
In 2018 in Madrid, when Dorota was 21, she stunned the World with a surprising triumph. Dorota became the first Pole EVER to win the Karate World Championship. Dorota won a gold medal in the women’s kumite -55kg division.
In Poland everyone was shocked, but happy. This was like seeing a Jamaican athlete win a World Championship Gold medal in alpine skiing - totally unheard of.
In kumite, karatekas fight each other using strikes, kicks, punches and takedowns. You win points for good form, power and control.
You must be faster and smarter so you can hit your rival without getting hit. But the beauty of karate is that it teaches you how to use your mind. And to stop and think.
Because a cluttered mind leads you to bad results.
In karate, but also in business and life.
Today I'm adding a paid subscription plan to this newsletter. Think of it as karate lessons for your creative brain.
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